Stalking

Project Status:

Submissions and consultations

Start Date:

17/02/2021

Tabled in Parliament Date:

N/A

Reference

The Commission has been asked to review Victoria’s responses to stalking, harassment and similar conduct, including the framework for, operation and enforcement of the Personal Safety Intervention Order (PSIO) system.

We want to hear from you

Everyone is welcome to make a submission, whether you are a victim survivor of stalking, a stakeholder in the justice system or an interested member of the public. Scroll down to download the Stalking Consultation Paper, which includes questions to guide your submission.

You do not have to answer all questions, and your submission can be as long or short as you like. You can make a written submission to the inquiry by 5 August 2021.

Download the consultation paper (pdf)

Send your submission to stalking@lawreform.vic.gov.au.

Confidential submissions

Your submission can be public or confidential. If it is public, we will publish it on our website along with your name. If you would prefer us not to publish your submission, you can ask us to treat it as confidential.  Find out more about submissions.

Reporting

The Commission will prepare an interim report by 31 December 2021, and a final report by 30 June 2022.

Have you experienced being stalked?

If you have experienced being stalked, we want to hear from you. Please respond to this anonymous online form at the Engage Victoria website.

Content warning

Some of the material on these pages may be confronting or disturbing.

If you need help, here are some options for advice and support.

Ethical reporting

The Victorian Law Reform Commission encourages sensitive, ethical reporting of the issues related to this reference and requests that, wherever possible, the contact details of support services are included in media reports because people who have experienced stalking may have long lasting trauma.

Watch our video

Watch a video explaining the work of the VLRC and the current inquiry. (‘Stalking’ begins at 15 mins 18 seconds).

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Stalking and law reform: the role of the VLRC

Lynne Haultain interviews Tony North QC, Chair of the Victorian Law Reform Commission and Marie Barnard, team leader of the VLRC’s Stalking inquiry. The discussion covers the role and functions of the VLRC in general and its current law reform inquiry in particular. What is stalking, what are its effects on victims, how is technology involved, what can be done about it, and how can the community participate in the current inquiry? For more information and to have your say, visit lawreform.vic.gov.au/all-projects/stalking.

Project Stage

  • Terms of reference received
  • Submissions and consultations
  • Submissions closed
  • Final Report
  • Tabled in parliament

Publications

Stalking: Terms of Reference

Publication Date

Reference under section 5 of the Victorian Law Reform Commission Act 2000 Responses to stalking, harassment and similar conduct, and the related use… Read more

Stalking: Consultation Paper - pdf

Publication Date

Stalking Consultation Paper (html)

Publication Date

26/06/2021